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Rustic Cherry Pie

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Anonymous (not verified)

Rustic Cherry Pie

A simple cherry pie with a double (cream cheese) crust I made around Thanksgiving.

Both crust and filling from Rose Levy Beranbaum's Pie & Pastry Bible.

The little white balls you see are tapioca, which thicken the filling.



linder's picture

I think the subject line says it all.  Beautiful pie and I'm sure it was absolutely the tastiest too.


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thomaschacon (not verified)

The crust wasn't supposed to puff that much, but I forgot to preheat the oven. By the time the oven got to temp., the crust was almost melting. ;\

Very tasty, still, but rustic for sure.

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tn gabe

The pie looks great to me, but I get the feeling if you ever call one of my loaves rustic, maybe you are actually mean "funny looking"?

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thomaschacon (not verified)

I suppose there's that.

I guess I mean it's untraditional, or not the usual lattice pie.

varda's picture

I don't think I remember seeing a decorated pie crust like that.   I don't have that book, and wonder what a cream cheese crust is.   I thought pie crust was water, shortening or butter, flour period.    -Varda

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thomaschacon (not verified)

Thank you, Varda.

It's not much different from a regular all-butter crust, but it's tender and flaky. It's also a lot easier to roll out.

  • 170 g unsalted butter, cold
  • 284 g pastry flour (or AP flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 128 g cream cheese, cold
  • 14 g cider vinegar


varda's picture

for the answer Thomas.   Looks plenty worth a try given your results.  -Varda

EvaB's picture

I really must try a double crust pie with the cherrries I have in the freezer. Have to use them up somehow.

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thomaschacon (not verified)

That's usually my problem. What do I do with all these pie cherries.

  • a. Cherry Pie - Easy
  • b. Cherry Preserves - Grr! Have to hot water boil them.
  • c. Gateaux Basque - Grrrrrr! Have to make crust, cherry preserves, and pastry cream.

Cherry pie it is! :)

TessN's picture

Oh, my!! Gorgeous!!

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thomaschacon (not verified)

Thanks, Tess.